Pro-Donald Trump rally erupts in violence as protesters use pepper spray against organisers

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Trump supporters clashed with ant-Trump supporters in Huntington Beach - The Orange County Register

 A fight broke out on a Southern California beach on Saturday night as supporters of President Donald Trump clashed with counter-protesters who doused organizers with pepper spray.

Anti-Trump protesters are said to have used pepper spray against the organisers, which prompted the fight

The violence erupted when the march of about 2,000 people at Bolsa Chica State Beach reached a group of about 30 counter-protesters, some of whom began spraying the irritant, said Capt. Kevin Pearsall of the California State Parks Police.

Three people were arrested on suspicion of illegal use of pepper spray and a fourth person was arrested on suspicion of assault and battery, he said.Two people suffered minor injuries that didn't require medical attention, Pearsall said.

President Donald Trump supporters release doves during a march, in Huntington Beach, Calif. Credit: Mindy Schauer/Orange County REgister/AP

An anti-Trump protester who allegedly used the eye irritant was kicked and punched in the sand by a group of Trump supporters, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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Counter-protesters said before the march began that they planned to try to stop the march's progress with a "human wall."

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Earlier this month, a rally in Berkeley, California, in support of Trump turned violent, and his supporters clashed with counter-protesters in several fights that led to the arrest of 10 people and left at least seven people injured.


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